Monday, May 7, 2012

Painted Dining Room {Reveal}

How did you spend your weekend? I painted my dining room!

It only took me 2 1/2 years of wanting to get around to doing -- way to go, me! My dining room is my least favorite room to paint because of all the doors and trim I have to paint around, so while I've wanted to paint the trim forever, I knew it would be a beast...

...and I was right. 


Two rolls of painters tape, sixteen (!) total  hours of serious painting, one tube of high-wire painter's caulk, and several doses of ibuprofen for neck spasms later, and I'm still incredibly glad I went to the trouble. For me the cost (in labor), while high, was worth the end result... let me say though: I'd never do it again. Ha!

Friends: painting over wood paneling can be tricky enough because it can bleed through if you don't prime it right (with oil-based stain blocking primer), and if it's tongue and groove like mine it can be full of nooks and crannies that need to be caulked. In addition, painting ceilings is something most people don't look forward to in the first place... but vaulted ceilings made of glossy orange tongue and groove paneling, well that's pretty much my own personal little seventh circle of painting hell. 

So if I ever move to another house with this sort of ceiling and I decide to paint it on my own, please slap me upside the head and remind me I promised to hire painters.

Back to the joy, though... love my dining room! Love it, love it, love it! It's so bright, and although I originally left the beams dark to appease the husband (men and their stained wood, go figure), I actually like the contrast and I think it ties the ceiling in nicely to all the dark wood windows in the room and throughout the house.

I had to run right out to my front yard and pick some Lilies of the Valley to celebrate.


Here's a reminder of how the room used to look:


and here are a couple more after shots!




Do you like the change as much as I do? Because I need someone to tell me I'm normal for wanting to pitch a tent and live in there for a few days.

Sharing at Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick, The Shabby Creek Cottage

45 comments:

  1. Looks great. And you won't have to an arm workout for the week :)

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    1. A-to the-men ;) If only there was a painters' claw bodybuilding circuit...

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  2. It is absolutely fabulous! Wow! What a difference!

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  3. It looks great! It was definitely worth it! And you get the extra satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself rather than hiring someone.

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    1. Thank you! I see your point, but I still think I'd let someone else do it in the future... haha ;)

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  4. Wow looks amazing! I hate painting but the results are always worth it. Great job! :D

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  5. Wow, what a transformation! It looks absolutely beautiful! Love how the beams really stand out. Absolutely gorgeous!

    xoxo,
    Meredith & Gwyneth

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  7. its gorgeous. I can just imagine how much work it was but it would have probably been something I would have done right off the bat.. or more likely had someone do right off the bat... I am not great on ladders.

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    1. I hear you... I hate heights and every time I have to climb a ladder I get sweaty palms ;)

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  8. Hi Anna, I love, love, love your blog. I laugh out loud often while reading it. You are just the cutest funniest girl ever. Your room is beautiful and well worth the time. Kudos to you!

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  9. Wow, what a difference it makes! Looks amazing!;

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  10. You did an amazing job! I agree, it looks like a big job to tackle but wow, it looks SO good!

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  11. I love it. What an amazing ceiling. Beautiful job ♥

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  12. WOW! The only thing I can say is it's fantastic like the other ladies. I guess your perseverance paid off big time.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. It looks amazing,so much brighter and bigger! Id want to camp out there too!

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  14. I'd be sleeping on the table. :) Course, I wouldn't be able to move after all that painting either.

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    1. Haha it's so, so true... I finished Saturday afternoon and just laid around for the rest of the day like a slug!

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  15. You are amazing! It looks awesome!

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  16. Hi, your ceiling turned out GORGEOUS!!! Sooo worth the neck pain, but I can say that, because it was not me doing the painting ;) The beams stand out so much, and look fabulous. Great job, give yourself a nice at on the back.

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  17. Oh my gosh it's GORGEOUS in there. Seriously, Anna, what a beautiful room! Well worth all of the work. And the color you chose is perfect... along with the white ceiling and contrasting wood beams. Perfection, mi amigo, perfection!

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  18. Holy gorg-ocity! Well done, Mama!

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  19. Anna, your dining room looks fantastic! I am in love with that ceiling and the paint colors you chose look perfect!! :)

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  20. Wow, that paint job makes a HUGE difference! It is gorgeous, Anna! :-) I, too, love the contrast with the dark beams on the ceiling, and the trim around the windows looks absolutely gorgeous. You did a great job!

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  21. Oh you are so awesome to stick with this and finish it. It is so fresh and bright. I see color on the floor in the way of an area rug in this room to reflect the lightness of the ceiling. I loved those two lamps you had on the buffet, the color was so pretty. Great, great job Anna

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  22. GORGEOUS! It's like your ceiling has been lifted by several feet! And I'm so glad you left the beams dark - it really adds to to contrast and character of the room. They would have been lost if you had painted over them. I have a coffered ceiling I have considered painting and am rethinking my options right now...

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  23. like good love it. ang

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  24. That is gorgeous! I would love for you to share this (and any other house projects) at my "May House Par-tay" at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  25. YAY! It looks awesome! It really does lighten up the room and allow the light to bounce around. (I don't understand why guys have this "rule" against painting wood either, my husband is the same way)

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  26. Looks awesome! What a difference in the feel of the room, so bright and airy now. Love it.

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  27. It looks amazing! You did an awesome job.

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  28. I agree with the man thing about painting wood--what is up with that?! But I have to say that in this instance, I think it was absolutely the right choice. The wood adds warmth to the ceiling and ties in with the gorgeous wood floor. All white wouldn't have given that same feeling of slightly rustic coziness.

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  29. Okay, so it was "a beast" ... but it was 100% worth it! GORGE. I'm in love. Great job!

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  30. Love! I think the white ceiling with the dark beams looks amazing, sooo worth the effort you put into it. Makes that room look so much bigger too.

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  31. Wow- I thought that the ceiling had charm before, but this looks amazing. So bright and clean! I love it, you did a fantastic job

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  32. It looks amazing! You can really see how pretty the beams are, and the ceiling looks at least a foot higher. Not bad for some paint (and a LOT of work). Great job!

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  33. A great transformation- your room looks bigger, brighter and updated. Painting can be a huge pain but luckily it usually comes with huge impact! You did a great job!

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  34. It looks fabulous....great job. Such a pretty room.

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  35. This looks great! Do you remember the name of the wall color? This gives me inspiration for my living room :o)

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    1. Thanks Amanda, the wall color is Benjamin Moore's "Edgecomb Gray" :)

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  36. The ceiling looks gorgeous painted. Your dining area is such a neat space.

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